Fans have been celebrating this as a kind of queer epic for weeks, and I was a sceptic, to be honest, that the show was really going to be capable of pulling off a fun pirate romp and an effective, central gay romance at the same time, especially seeing as neither is easy to do... Continue Reading →
Case No.F4: The Image of the ██████
[Note: this file was redacted from evidence and analysis regarding the Flux phenomenon. It attempts to document the Medderton Incident, and the entities there involved. But there's a danger in trying to understand that which doesn't want to be known.]
Dracula Does Double Duty
[This was originally posted in early 2020 under the title "Holistic Storytelling in Doctor Who". Minor such edits] There’s a line from Steven Moffat’s Dracula that jumped out at me this year, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Regarding the three seemingly arbitrary rules that govern a vampire, Van Helsing reasons “But you... Continue Reading →
The Pessimist, the Optimist, and the Nihilist: Redux: Revisited
[So, about a year ago I wrote a quick lunch-hour post titled The Pessimist, the Optimist, and the Nihilist: Redux which was a comparison of the moral outlooks of each revival showrunner. I don't think it's quite substantive enough to be fully reformatted for the blog and I could never be bothered rewriting it from scratch.... Continue Reading →
Endnotes: a Postscript Script Post
[Curated from various comments and notes from the previous posts]
THE FINALE: The Lie of the Timeless Child
[First posted April 2021] This is the end, but the moment has been prepared for and prepared for again. The epic 6 part finale, spanning decades of lore, dozens of episodes, and the incredible, satisfying-yet-subversive conclusion of every thread we've been tugging on all this time. I hope you're lying comfortably.
Orphan 55: Climate Chaos in Cardiff
[First posted February 2021] Orphan 55 is just unfinished. Every conversation about it has to start there. But that doesn't have to be a dead end.
Spyfall 2: It’s Time She Spent Some Time Alone
[First posted February 2021] We follow up on last week's cliffhanger by asking why, a full series into the Thirteenth Doctor's run, we still don't feel like we know her, and what is to be done.
Spyfall 1: It’s the End of the World as We Know It
[First posted January 2021] In this first half of the epic two-part opener, we chat about parody, Bond, and narrative collapse. And we first feel the rumble of the coming storm.